"Few statesmen in American history have so vigorously strived for an ideal; perhaps none has so consistently viewed education as the indispensable cornerstone of freedom." (Rippa 1997)
Proposed a free public school system for Pennsylvania. Towns with more than 100 families would establish a free school for children to learn fundamental skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Webster wrote numerous textbooks one of the most important being the "Elementary Spelling Book"
Could be given the title "Father of American Education"
Bill was introduced by Thomas Jefferson. Provided for public education for the masses.
Often referred to as the Blue-back Speller
Required that the 16th section of land in each township in the Northwest Territory be set aside for the support of education.
First Sunday school in America opened in 1786
Writing of Benjamin Rush that expressed his feelings on the education of women and their duty of Republican Motherhood.
Founding of the United States Military Academy
First monitorial school in the United States opens in New York City.
New York became the first state to appoint a state superintendent
Free School society is teaching more than 2000 children
English Classical School opened in Boston
Emma Willard opens Troy Female Seminary in New York
Free School Scoiety of New York City renamed.
Initial practical purpose has been superseded by religious interests.
Mary Lyon opens Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in Massachusetts
State board of education created
Horace Mann asserted education was the right of every child.
Naval Academy founded
Nations first compulsor attendance law adopted by the Massachusetts legislature.
Public School Society placed under city department.
75 million copies of the speller has been sold.
15 cotton mills in operation in the United States
12 Cities 23 states population more than ten thousand.
801 cotton mills were in operation
8 cities had a population over one hundred thousand
101 cities in 22 states population of more than ten thousand.